“You only have one face” & an ode to pregnancy

As I am sure is the case with most of you, sometimes, a statement is made in front of you that resonates. You may not agree with it, you may not act on it but for some reason, you can’t forget it. A while ago, a co-worker made a comment to me about her very serious (and very expensive) skin care routine. In the defense of the expense, she added “you only have one face”. This is true, we have one face and one chance to keep it looking good because at some point age will set in and change things.

At first, I didn’t really think much of the idea of spending a lot of money on taking care of my skin. I love the sun, I love to tan and in general, my skin is pretty sensitive about products I use on it. Therefore, I have spent most of my days refraining from using drug store skin products and wearing little to no makeup unless I had a special event to attend. Sure, I like to wear makeup occasionally but I could never and have never gotten into the habit of wearing make up regularly. I happen to think this is for the better, but I am sure there are others who don’t agree.

About half way through my pregnancy, I was struck with the idea that I need to start taking better care of myself. (Aside from the beginning of remembering to take my vitamins and trying to eat enough vegetables) I realized I needed to start taking care of my skin. The only product I had been using on my body up until this point was Palmer’s Tummy Butter, thanks to the good advice of another friend. Did it stop me from getting stretch marks? Unfortunately, it did not but I definitely feel my skin is in a better place than it would be without my daily tummy lathering.

Moving on, I read an article where Jennifer Aniston mentioned her use of Aveeno as an every day moisture (with 15 spf) and that she had been using it for years. This could be a total crock of crap (as no one knows what her real daily routine is and if she felt like spending money to buy La Mer or some other expensive product, we all know she could) but her argument was enough to get me to spend $15 on this day time face cream.  Long story short, I started using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 on my face every day. The way my face started to feel and look encouraged me to add to my routine a night time cream and this time I looked no further than Aveeno: Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream.

So Ladies, this accounts for my current skin routine (keep in mind that I am 24 and have combination skin, so this may not work for you) . I have been able to keep this routine for about the last month and I know I will have to add some additional sunscreen with the weather warming up in NY.

This routine has been working for me and I recommend doing something to take care of your skin. If not for you for your loved ones. Skin cancer is no joke and who wants wrinkles anyway?

What routines do you use? Do you have any recommendations for facial sunscreen? Did pregnancy help you come up with a different routine?

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